If you're looking for an alternative to the same boring, not to mention expensive, store bought Valentines this year, check out some of the adorable, handmade alternatives I found on Pinterest.
Bear Your Heart (http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/bear-your-heart-675032/)
- Small Plastic Baggies
- Teddy Grahams
- Gummi Bears
- Card Stock
- Hole Punch
- Gel Pens
- Fill the small plastic baggies (you can find small bags like this in the candy isle of your local craft store) with a mix of Teddy Grahams and Gummy Bears.
- Write your special message on the card stock (I recommend using gel pens because they are easy to read on pretty much any color card stock), then use a hole punch and punch a hole in the corner. Tie the tag on with ribbon.
I love this next idea but I'm not sure if this would be a great valentine to pass out at school as some children are allergic to latex or are sensitive to loud noises. It's best to give these creative valentines to a friend you know is not allergic or sensitive.
- Skinny Candy (Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, etc)
- Cut off top of a soda bottle (to use as a wide funnel)
- Print outs (located HERE)
- Place the uninflated balloon over the mouth of the soda bottle funnel. Insert a Valentines Day message and candy. Fill the balloon with air and tie it shut. Make sure you blow the balloon up enough or it won't pop properly and the treats will have to be cut out of the balloon.
- Print out a message to attach to the outside of the balloon. Using an X-ACTO knife (or any sharp knife) cut two small slits in the top corners. Place the toothpick through one slit and tie the ribbon to the other slit and then to the end of the balloon
- Small plastic shovels (you can find lots of them on ebay or you can find them HERE for $0.40/piece)
- Decorative baggies
- "I Dig You" tags (found HERE)
- Small Red, White and Pink Candies (Like Valentines Day M&Ms)
- Take a decorative baggy and place a small plastic shovel and candy inside the bag. Then simply attach the tag to the bag with ribbon.
You're Just Write for Me (http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/the-write-card-662821/)
- Pencil (to use)
- Colored Card Stock
- Markers or Metallic/Gel Pens
- Hole Punch
- Cool Pencils (to put through the heart)
- Make a template for your kids to trace around: Cut out a cardboard heart.
- Have your child trace the heart onto card stock and cut it out.
- Decorate the heart with pens, markers and stickers.
- Use the hole punch to make holes on each side of the heart and slip the cool pencil in.
Valentines Day Scratch Off Cards (modified) (http://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/make-a-scratch-off-card-for-valentines-day/)
- Card stock
- Con-Tact paper
- Silver Metallic Acrylic Paint
- Dish washing Liquid
- 4 different kinds of candy
- Print the card out on card stock (Template HERE) and if you're giving these to kids, type in 1 candy choice per heart and cut out. Then cut out a strip of clear con-tact paper, long enough to make four hearts. Trace around the heart template on the paper side of the con-tact paper.
- To make the scratch-off solution, mix 2 parts metallic acrylic paint with 1 part dish washing liquid. Using a small, flat paintbrush, apply a thin coat of the scratch off solution onto the front side of the Con-Tact paper and let it dry for one hour. Repeat with a second coat and add a third coat if your paint looks streaky.
- Cut out the hearts (following the traced outline), peel off the backing, (you'll essentially have a sticker at this point) and place over the heart spaces on the card.
*None of these tutorials are mine and I have included a link to each source.